4 Persistent Myths About Leadership

4 Persistent Myths About Leadership

August 21, 2017—There are many persistent myths about what leadership is all about. Pastors and lay leaders alike are subject to an enormous amount of mixed messages about what leadership is and what it entails. Some lay leaders tend to import…

An Interview With LIM Faculty Member Rebecca Maccini

July 10, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) offers the Leadership in Ministry (LIM) workshops as part of its Pastoral Excellence Programs. LIM uses Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) as a theory of practice for ministry leadership. Rebecca Maccini…

CLL Receives Lilly Grant to Serve Pastors in Crisis and Pastors Who Innovate

June 24, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary has received a $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through Thriving in Ministry, a new initiative that seeks to support selected religious organizations in creating or enhancing programs…

For the Bookshelf: Cultivating Perennial Churches

May 1, 2017—If there is a subject area of books written for clergy that usually end up making “persons of the cloth” all feel inadequate and beyond the task, it is in the area of “church growth.” But Bob Dale’s…

“Yes, but is it valid?”

April 24, 2017—Discussing the Leadership in Ministry workshop’s focus on Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST), a friend asked where the theory fell in the divide between subjective and objective. “In other words,” he asked, “is it a valid theory?”…

Catalytic Leadership

April 3, 2017—Has the need for differentiated leadership ever been more obvious than in our world today?  Daily troubles, misery, entanglements, confusion and dysfunction abound.  National and world events on display reveal fascinating case studies of what failed leadership looks like in vivid detail and on the…

Through the Telescope and Microscope

March 20, 2017—A sermon title long in search of a sermon came back to me as I read Lewis Thomas’ words about deep mysteries, profound paradoxes, and imponderable puzzles in Howard Clinebell’s reflection on The Role of Mystery and Wonder…

through the telescope, and microscope

For the Bookshelf: What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?

March 13, 2017—Surprises of real joy are often too infrequent experiences for most of us. Here’s a genuine one: while continuing their cleaning and organizing of Ed Friedman’s personal effects after his death in 1996, his son and daughter accidently…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Loss: the Engine of Growth

March 6, 2017—I find that I am often talking to my friends and family about some kind of lossloss of physical capacity; loss of a loved one or a dear pet; loss of a job; loss of a sense of…

Leadership in Ministry is My Gift to Myself

January 2, 2017—I stood at a whiteboard in the circle of faces in my small group at the most recent workshop. “I’m really anxious about this, guys,” I said, as I drew a triangle between me, my 85-year old widowed…

A Faculty Coach Reflects on the Leadership in Ministry Experience

August 8, 2016—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has been offering the Leadership in Ministry workshops (LIM) on its campus since 2014. It has expanded the program to offer workshops in Boston, Portland, Lynchburg VA, and now Kansas City…

Five Personal Resources for Leadership

August 1, 2016—Purists of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) tend to eschew notions or frameworks of individualistic perspectives to therapy or interpreting families or organizations (like “personality type” or “traits” schemas). They prefer a consistent “systems” approach that focuses on…

Congregations as Communities of Faith

July 18, 2016—Congregations are, in their essence, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. Too often, the tendency for is to address congregational issues from…

What Sustains Excellence in Ministry?

July 11, 2016—The power of peer-group learning is explored in the book by Brenda Harwood, D. Bruce Roberts, and others, So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive.” The book presents findings from the Sustaining Pastoral…

Even More (Really Exciting) Changes With Leadership in Ministry

A message from Leadership in Ministry Coordinator Bob Dibble:

June 8, 2016—My first involvement with LIM began in 1994, later joining the Faculty. In 2008 Larry Matthews asked me to consider assuming responsibilities as Coordinator of LIM so that he…

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